Medion has previously impressed us with some of its low cost, yet very powerful gaming laptops. The X6813 is the latest model to be added to its gaming stable.
Our configuration, the Erazer X6813 MD97762, packs a Klitschko-style punch thanks to its Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M graphics. Currently you can buy it from the Medion website for £999.
Let's be honest here, the Erazer X6813 is certainly no looker. Medion has tried to give it an aggressive look by using lots of sharp angles and cutaway edges. It has also added a brushed finish to the lid and wrist rest, but none of this can hide the fact that the machine's chassis is made out of quite cheap looking matte plastic. However, that doesn’t mean that it feels flimsy -- far from it, as this is a hefty beast, both in terms of its size and weight, and feels like it will stand up to quite a bit of abuse. One thing we're certainly not keen on though is the rather large power supply. It's about twice the size of a standard laptop one.
Like a lot of today's machines, this model has an isolated style keyboard. Given the size of the X6813, Medion has had plenty of room to pack in a decent sized keyboard, but strangely it has decided to reduce the size of the return key to only single key height. Nevertheless, this doesn't affect your typing all that much, as you soon get used to it. The keyboard is quite responsive too, but it feels a bit rattly under your fingers and there is a bit of flex in the middle, so it's certainly far from perfect. The touchpad is a reasonable size and the two chunky buttons respond with a healthy click when pressed.